Meaning of FRIENDLY in English

FRIENDLY

I. friend ‧ ly 1 S2 W3 /ˈfrendli/ BrE AmE adjective ( comparative friendlier , superlative friendliest )

[ Word Family: noun : ↑ friend , ↑ friendliness , ↑ friendship , ↑ friendly ; adjective : ↑ friendly ≠ ↑ unfriendly , ↑ friendless ; verb : ↑ befriend ]

1 . behaving towards someone in a way that shows you like them and are ready to talk to them or help them OPP unfriendly :

a friendly smile

I’ve found a great pub – good beer and a friendly atmosphere.

friendly to/towards

Why is he suddenly so friendly towards you, Charlotte?

2 . be friendly with somebody to be friends with someone:

Betty’s very friendly with the Jacksons.

3 . not at war with your own country, or not opposing you OPP hostile :

friendly nations

4 . British English a friendly game is played for pleasure or practice, and not because it is important to win:

a friendly match against AC Milan

5 . user-friendly/customer-friendly etc not difficult for particular people to understand or use:

a user-friendly computer program

a customer-friendly shopping mall

6 . environmentally-friendly/ozone-friendly/eco-friendly etc not harmful to the environment, ↑ ozone layer etc:

eco-friendly washing powder

7 . friendly fire bombs, bullets etc that accidentally kill people who are fighting on the same side

—friendliness noun [uncountable]

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THESAURUS

▪ friendly behaving towards someone in a way that shows you like them and are ready to talk to them or help them:

a friendly smile

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The local people are very friendly.

▪ warm [usually before noun] friendly and caring about other people, in a way that makes people like you and feel comfortable:

He was such a warm caring person and everyone loved him.

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We received a very warm welcome.

▪ nice especially spoken friendly and kind:

Chris is a nice guy. I’m sure you’ll get on with him.

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He wasn’t very nice to the other children.

▪ amiable /ˈeɪmiəb ə l/ formal friendly and easy to like:

Tom was an amiable young man.

▪ welcoming friendly to someone who has just arrived somewhere:

a welcoming smile

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The group are very welcoming to new members.

▪ hospitable friendly and eager to make visitors comfortable:

I found Japanese people to be very hospitable.

▪ genial formal behaving in a cheerful and friendly way:

a genial host

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She was in a genial mood.

▪ cordial formal friendly and polite but formal:

The two nations have always maintained cordial relations.

▪ approachable friendly and easy to talk to – used especially about people in important positions:

The head teacher is very approachable.

II. friendly 2 BrE AmE noun ( plural friendlies ) [countable] British English

[ Word Family: noun : ↑ friend , ↑ friendliness , ↑ friendship , ↑ friendly ; adjective : ↑ friendly ≠ ↑ unfriendly , ↑ friendless ; verb : ↑ befriend ]

a game played for pleasure or practice, and not because it is important to win

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